Your 2012 Holiday Wine Shopping List

It’s that time again! For most of us, the month ahead will be jam packed with occasions that begin with a frantic trip to the liquor store to snatch up the appropriate bottle of wine. This year, for your convenience I’ve broken this shopping list into categories that should suit a particular need or occasion. Whether you’re in search of a friendly bottle for a cocktail soiree, an impressive dinner party pairing, or a fool proof gift for your boss – this shopping list should have you sorted! Just note that the lists that I have marked “available in private stores” are available at Kitsilano Wine Cellar and/or Everything Wine in North Vancouver.

Wines $25 and under – fit for a casual holiday affair
*All available in BC Liquor Stores*

Reds *Lightest – Fullest*

1. Yering Station, ‘Little Yering’ Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia – $15.99
2. Joie, ‘PTG’, (Pinot Noir/Gamay), Okanagan, BC – $23.90
3. Canta Pedices, Tempranillo, Ribero del Duero, Spain – $15.99
4. Bodegas Elias Mora, Tempranillo, Toro, Spain – $19.99
5. Las Perdices, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina – $16.99
6. Chateau de Serame, Minervois, Languedoc, France – $24.99
7. Terradora, Aglianico, Campagnia, Italy – $19.99

Whites *Driest – Sweetest*

1. Hiedler, Riesling, Kamptal, Austria – $24.99
2. Sandhill, Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC – $17.99
3. Terradora, Falanghina, Campagnia, Italy – $19.99
4. Ogier Heritages, Cote du Rhone Blanc, Rhone Valley, France – $16.99
5. Moon Curser, ‘Afraid of The Dark’, Roussane/Chard/Marsanne, BC – $21.99
6. St. Urbans-Hof, Riesling, Kabinett, Mosel, Germany – $19.99
7. Domaine du Clos du Bourg, Touraine demi-sec, Loire Valley, France – $14.99

Reds to impress – $40 and under *Lightest – Fullest*
*Available in Private Stores. Prices may vary*

1. Coldstream Hills, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia, 2011 – $28.99
2. Panther Creek, ‘Freedom Hill’ Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA, 2008 – $49.99
3. Terralsole, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2007 – $37.99
4. Matteo Correggia, Roero Nebbiolo, Piedmonte, Italy, 2009 – $30.00
5. Domaine Santa Duc, Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France, 2007 – $35.99
6. La Perdices, Don Juan Reserva, red blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 – $35.99

Bottles for the wine geek on your list
*Available in Private Stores. Prices may vary*

1. White: Domane Taille aux Loups, ‘Remus Plus’, Montlouis sur Loire, 2009 – $45
2. White: Chateau Megyer Dry Furmint, Hungary, 2010 – $22.99
3. Red: Domaine Vincent Delaporte Sancerre Rouge, Loire Valley, 2009 – $34.99
4. Red: Bodega Chacra, ‘Barda’, Patagonia, Argentina, 2010 – $40
5. Red: Perinet, ‘Mas Perinet, Priorat, Spain, 2004 – $50
6. Red: Clos du L’oum, ‘Saint Bart Vielles Vignes’ Cotes du Roussillon, 2004 – $45
7. Bubbles: Rinaldi, ‘Pjcol Ross’ Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy – $30
8. Bubbles: Stephane Tissot, ‘Indegene’ Cremant du Jura, France – $45

*Available in Private Stores. Prices may vary*

1. Bailly Lapierre, Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France – $25
2. Pares Balta, Cava, NV, Penedes, Spain – $25
3. Bella, Sparkling Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC – $25
4. Josef Chromy, Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Tazmania, Australia – $35
5. Pierre Paillard, Grand Cru Brut, N.V., Champagne, France – $57

7 thoughts on “Your 2012 Holiday Wine Shopping List

  1. Hi Em. Complments of the season to you and yours. Agree with you on the 2 Aussie wines, but how come you can buy them cheaper than us. Hope to catch up.Aussie Baz

    • Hi Barry! Glad you like the Aussie selections. It’s unusual for us Canadians to hear that we are paying less for wines than elsewhere in the world. I’m not sure why we would be getting Coldstream Hills & Josef Chromy cheaper than in Oz, but I’m pleased to have these wines available to us in BC! I’ll be seeing you in Melbourne very soon!

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